Octagon jitters—it’s an infamous term. The first time a fighter steps into the UFC’s eight-sided cage, there will always be talk of whether the emotional rush and the nerves surrounding his debut will have a profound impact on his performance.

Pundits and fans making predictions on fights will cite the jitters as a reason to doubt a fighter’s chances. And in the aftermath of a defeat, these same jitters will take part of the blame for the fighter’s downfall.

So, following each UFC event, The MMA Corner will look at the fighters who made their Octagon debuts and provide impressions on their performances and their future potential under the UFC banner. In this edition, we focus on the eight newcomers from UFC on Fox 11.

Derrick Lewis — first-round TKO victory over Jack May

Heavyweights are known for their power. Derrick Lewis demonstrated this when he dropped a series of ground-and-pound bombs on Jack May to claim a first-round TKO victory.

He has claimed wins over Ryan Martinez, Rakim Cleveland (twice), Jared Rosholt and Ricky Shivers, but he has also suffered losses to Shawn Jordan and Tony Johnson. The losses to Jordan and Johnson came on the scorecards, which is impressive considering the stopping abilities of those two men. He was able to force May to turn to a grappling attack, despite May’s striking tendencies.

His record and his performances, both in the Octagon and the Legacy FC cage, aren’t overwhelming, though. This is a fighter who will find it hard to overcome more technical grapplers, wrestlers or even strikers. He needs to goad opponents into sloppy brawls and scrambles, where he can knock them off balance with his powerful punches.

Lewis’ power and strength create the potential for him to become a mid-tier heavyweight in the UFC, where he can vanquish any opponent who lacks a solid chin and the ability to weather a big storm.

Potential: Low to Medium

Jack May — first-round TKO loss to Derrick Lewis

What do you get if you take Frank Mir, subtract dominance and add recklessness? The answer is Jack May’s performance on the mat against Derrick Lewis in an effort that ultimately led to May’s demise via a first-round TKO.

May, a big heavyweight, provided an aggressive submission attack in the opening moments of the fight, but he didn’t have the skills of Mir, nor the patience to get the job done. He took mount against Lewis, but couldn’t produce much offense. Then, he tried to take Lewis’ back but ended up too high, allowing Lewis to slip out and rain down the finishing blows.

May, whose usual route to victory comes via strikes, must have felt outgunned by Lewis. His ground approach is definitely flawed—he’s no second coming of Mir on the mat—and it obviously opens him up to trouble once he fails. Between May’s lack of confidence in his own stand-up game and his sloppy grappling, he’s not going to make it far in the UFC.

Potential: Low

Mirsad Bektic — majority decision victory over Chas Skelly

Mirsad Bektic may have been one of the more anticipated prospects to arrive in the UFC. Credit Resurrection Fighting Alliance’s work in featuring Bektic on two of its cards for raising fan awareness for the 23-year-old featherweight. His debut wasn’t an easy one, but he secured the majority decision victory over Chas Skelly.

Bektic had to overcome an illegal knee to earn the win, which proved that the American Top Team product is one tough fighter. Bektic proved his UFC readiness with a pair of TKO wins over Nick Macias and Joe Pearson, but he had trouble landing any significant blows against Skelly. He did score with quick combinations, however.

Where Bektic really impressed was in his wrestling ability. He was facing a Team Takedown prospect in Skelly, yet it was Bektic who scored the takedowns and stuffed Skelly’s attempts. Bektic’s ability to avoid the takedowns of a high-level wrestler speaks volumes about his well-rounded skill set.

Bektic rode a wave of momentum into the UFC and emerged with a win in his Octagon debut. At age 23, he still has room for improvement, but his combination of wrestling, striking and heart should allow him to stick around in the UFC.

Potential: Medium

Chas Skelly — majority decision loss to Mirsad Bektic

The most significant memory most fans will take away from Chas Skelly’s majority decision loss to Mirsad Bektic? The one, or possibly two, illegal knees Skelly landed against Bektic in the second stanza. It’s unfortunate, though, since the Team Takedown fighter could have won the outing had he been more aware of Bektic’s positioning.

Skelly couldn’t get his wrestling-based attack going for much of the opening two frames of the contest, but he dazed Bektic with strikes in the second round and was able to produce some of his most significant offense after getting slammed by Bektic in the third round.

Skelly’s wrestling wasn’t effective against Bektic, but he did show flashes of his ground game in rolling for a leg lock and taking Bektic’s back in the third stanza. His wrestling should play a bigger part in future fights and his submission attack will allow him to secure some wins. The 28-year-old doesn’t have youth on his side to the same degree as the 23-year-old Bektic, but he should have the ability to settle in as a mid- or low-level gatekeeper at the very least.

Potential: Medium

Ray Borg — split decision loss to Dustin Ortiz

Ray Borg’s split decision loss to Dustin Ortiz highlighted everything that is wrong with MMA judging in its current state. Despite controlling Ortiz with his wrestling, including numerous slams, and taking Ortiz’s back on numerous occasions, Borg was still viewed as the loser by two of the three officials scoring the fight. Let’s just say that those judges might need to have their eyes examined.

Borg’s wrestling and grappling skills will take him far in the flyweight division. He has the speed to not only close the distance, but also to make the transition to his opponent’s back. His speed is comparable to that of top bantamweight grappler Bibiano Fernandes. The difference is that Borg seems content to hang out on his opponent’s back without always securing his hooks. This allowed Ortiz to escape out the back door on a few occasions, and that could have been the deciding factor, combined with Ortiz’s volume striking, that left Borg with the loss.

Borg will need to correct that one flaw in his game, but this is a 20-year-old flyweight who already appears ready to compete against the top tier of the flyweight division. At such a young age, Borg still has time to evolve into a better fighter. He put on an excellent performance in defeat, and that won’t go unnoticed by the UFC brass. Borg has a long and bright future inside the Octagon if he continues to perform as well as he did on Saturday night.

Potential: Medium to High

Hernani Perpetuo — split decision loss to Jordan Mein

Nova Uniao’s latest arrival in the UFC didn’t fare so well. Hernani Perpetuo, a Shooto Brazil veteran, emerged on the wrong end of a split decision against Jordan Mein.

Perpetuo, a highly decorated competitor as an amateur kickboxer, failed to deliver much offense throughout his contest with Mein. He did mount a late surge with a kneebar attempt in the third stanza, but it was too little, too late.

The loss doesn’t do much for Perpetuo’s future UFC prospects. His striking failed to give Mein any problems, and he had to switch to defense for most of his time on the mat, save for the late kneebar attempt. Furthermore, Perpetuo was taken down with ease by a fighter known more for his striking than his wrestling.

If Perpetuo can’t stuff Mein’s takedowns, he’s going to have a lot of issues with the rest of the UFC’s welterweight class. The split decision verdict might be enough to afford Perpetuo a second chance, but don’t look for him to survive as a member of the UFC roster for too long.

Potential: Low

Luke Zachrich — first-round TKO loss to Caio Magalhaes

When a fighter lasts a mere 44 seconds in his UFC debut, what is there to say? Luke Zachrich found himself in this spot when he suffered a TKO loss to Caio Magalhaes.

Zachrich now has three losses on his resume, and all three have come by first-round stoppage. He’s scored his fair share of first-round wins, but his tendency to come out of the gates and end up in trouble early in his losses is concerning.

Zachrich has lost in both of his steps up to the big stage—first, against Eric Schambari under the Bellator banner, and now against Magalhaes in the UFC. He has found a ton of success on the regional circuit, but his record suggests that he may not be able to climb beyond that level of competition.

Potential: Low

Alex White — first-round knockout victory over Estevan Payan

One punch can make all the difference in a fight. Alex White found this out when he floored Estevan Payan in the first round of their contest. It took a few more punches before the fight came to an end, but soon White had his first UFC win.

The two men traded blows in the early moments of the fight before White connected with the big left hand that spelled the beginning of the end. White’s power makes him a significant threat in the UFC’s featherweight division, but his resume speaks to his well-rounded skill set. His finish of Payan brings him to four wins by some form of knockout, but he also has five submission victories.

The undefeated Team Destruction fighter wasn’t getting the better of Payan before landing the left hand, though, and Payan has yet to win a UFC fight. That leaves White with a lot to prove. He has faced a mixed bag of competition throughout his career, so the question remains as to whether he can succeed against fighters who have been successful inside the Octagon.

Potential: Low to Medium